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dc.contributor.authorHodgson, Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-25T14:17:44Z
dc.date.available2013-07-25T14:17:44Z
dc.date.issued2013-07
dc.identifier.citationHodgson , G 2013 , ' Understanding Organizational Evolution : Toward a Research Agenda using Generalized Darwinism ' , Organization Studies , vol. 34 , no. 7 , pp. 973-992 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840613485855
dc.identifier.issn0170-8406
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 2052237
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 77292763-d513-4b7b-9ab8-7d11e83b06e7
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84879819908
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/11194
dc.description.abstractThe terms ‘evolution’ and ‘coevolution’ are widely used in organization studies but rarely defined. Often it is unclear whether they refer to single entities or populations. When specific evolutionary processes are suggested, the labelling is often misleading. For example, in the debate over the roles of individual adaptation and competitive selection, the ‘selectionist’ position of Michael Hannan and John Freeman (1989), which emphasizes the role of selection and stress the limits of individual firm adaptability, is often described as ‘Darwinian’ whereas opposing views that emphasise adaptability are described as ‘Lamarckian’. But these labels are not strictly dichotomous. Scholars have shown that core Darwinian principles, resulting from abstract ontological communality rather than analogy, apply to social evolution. This opens up a research agenda using the principles of generalized Darwinism and the replicator-interactor framework to help understand the evolution of organizations. Some illustrations of the conceptual value of this approach are provided, including understanding the entwinement of selection and adaptation, the nature and role of organizational routines, the place of strategic choice and the growth of organizational complexity. The framework of generalized Darwinism also helps to bridge apparently divergent perspectives in the business strategy and organizational ecology literatures.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofOrganization Studies
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dc.subjectOrganizations
dc.subjectevolution
dc.subjectadaptation
dc.subjectselection
dc.subjectroutines
dc.subjectDarwinism
dc.subjectLamarckism
dc.subjectBusiness, Management and Accounting(all)
dc.titleUnderstanding Organizational Evolution : Toward a Research Agenda using Generalized Darwinismen
dc.contributor.institutionGroup for Research in Organisational Evolution
dc.contributor.institutionHertfordshire Business School
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research on Management, Economy and Society
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolHertfordshire Business School
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